A Visit From Padre Pio:
The Story of Joe and Marge Spada
In 1975, Marge Spada’s husband, Joe, was hospitalized with terminal cancer. Up to this time, Marge had never heard of Padre Pio. Then a friend gave her a book for Joe to read on the life of Padre Pio, the Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata, the crucifixion wounds of Christ.
Joe read the book. He was so impressed that he began to pray to Padre Pio. Then unexpected things began to happen!
On several occasions, when Joe’s nurses came into his room, they were overcome by the beautiful aroma of fresh flowers, but couldn’t understand where the aroma was coming from – there were no flowers in the room!
The Gift of Perfume: Pope John Paul II calls the aroma of Padre Pio “The aroma of sanctity.” This aroma to some people is the sweet smell of tobacco and to others, it is the aroma of fresh flowers. When one smells this aroma of Padre Pio, he is telling you he is with you.